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September 11th, 2004
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The Amateur Writer

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From:manna
Date:September 12th, 2004 06:44 pm (UTC)
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I found your LJ via my flist (friends list), and I just wanted to raise my hand as a proud amateur writer. I write original and fanfiction, from short stories to novel length, and I publish them on the web, with no desire to try to make a living out of it -- I have a career that I enjoy very much already.

Yes, it can be a little annoying when the first thing everyone asks is 'are you trying to get it published', but I just smile and say no, it's a hobby.
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From:stevekelner
Date:September 12th, 2004 06:53 pm (UTC)

Proud amateur writer

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Good for you! If more people felt like you I'd suspect we'd all be a lot happier no matter what we did. Some people abandon things because they feel overwhelmed by someone else's expectations rather than using their own, and as a result miss out on a lot of fun!
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From:alicambs
Date:September 13th, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC)

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I'm another proud amateur writer.*g*. I have no desire to write original fiction, or certainly not at present, as I'm having far too much fun in fandom. While I have always written for my job - usually reports, fan fiction is entirely for pleasure, yet because it is possible for my stories to to be read by anyone I work hard to get them 'just right'. By that I mean I consistently rewrite, get constructive criticism from betas and do extensive editing before 'publishing' on the web. I've noticed that the hard work I've put into improving and working on my creative writing has actually seen a reciprocal improvement in my overall writing ability. So, for me at least, writing fan fiction has been overwhelmingly a positive and enriching experience.
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